A DETENTION officer at a South Yorkshire police station has been jailed for three years for deliberately throwing scalding-hot water on a prisoner’s groin.
Adrian Law, aged 45, a civilian worker at Barnsley Police Station, put his arm through the hatch of a cell door and threw a cup full of near-boiling water over Abdul Aziz Alfadley, 26.
Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Alfadley suffered serious injuries to his lower abdomen and genitals.
After more than nine hours of deliberations, a jury found Law, of Cromwell Court, Goldthorpe, guilty of causing grievous bodily harm. He was cleared of the more serious offence of causing GBH with intent.
The judge Mr Justice Spencer told Law “it was a wicked thing you did” and said he had grossly abused the trust put in him.
Mr Alfadley was taken to the station on May 30 last year after he was arrested in Barnsley town centre for a public order offence.
The jury heard he was agitated and disruptive and officers decided to strip search him, because they feared he was on drugs.
He was left wearing just his boxer shorts and was heard shouting and banging on the cell door.
Law filled a cup from a hot water boiler and threw it over the prisoner through a hatch in the cell door.
Mr Alfadley suffered blistering to his lower abdomen and scalding injuries to his genitals. The water in the kitchen boiler was 94.7C.
Mr Justice Spencer told Law, who denied the charges, he accepted the prisoner was very disruptive but added: “None of that is any excuse for what you did to Mr Alfadley. He was entitled to just the same standard of care and protection as any other detainee.”
South Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson said later: “Mr Law let down the public and let down his colleagues.
“I apologise to Mr Abdul Alfadley for the injuries he received.”